Principal Susan Pegram learned about Matts' request and she declared it a school wide service project. Immediately letters were sent out to parents requesting donations of books for the cause.
"I was planning on packing up a few boxes of books in my SUV and delivering them but I never thought I would need to get a U Haul to take the donations we received."
Matts attended school at Old Dock Elementary School in Whiteville, NC where her parents and grandparents were also students. Matts' brother, Mark Hayes has a granddaughter attending Old Dock.
Matts thanked all the donors who provided books and items for the burned out school. She also thanked Paul McPherson of Personal Mini Storage for assistance in getting a trailer from U-Haul to make the trip.
Matts said she felt blessed to be able to deliver the books personally not only because she can experience the school's reaction but will also be able to spend time with family, friends, and past teachers this weekend.